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• There's a rare Tampa Bay-New York series going on all over the area this weekend, with the Rays and Yankees meeting up at Yankee Stadium, while the Buccaneers and Giants play at nearby MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"Right across the river. Interesting," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "[The Buccaneers] played so well last week [at home], [now] being on the road, [but Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano] being close to home. I'm sure Rutgers played there -- maybe at the Meadowlands."

Schiano coached Rutgers to a 23-20 victory in the first college football game between Football Bowl Subdivision members at the New Meadowlands Stadium back in 2010. The Scarlet Knights beat South Florida, 23-13, on Saturday afternoon in Tampa.

• The Rays have a handful of players who provide Maddon with defensive versatility -- Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez among them -- and Jeff Keppinger has become a valuable piece down the stretch, playing third, second and first base.

"He's done a nice job defensively," Maddon said of Keppinger. "With him, he's got great hands; he's got an accurate, strong arm. With him, it's about range a little bit. If he gets to the ball, you're out. And I feel comfortable with him out there."

• There's a rare Tampa Bay-New York series going on all over the area this weekend, with the Rays and Yankees meeting up at Yankee Stadium, while the Buccaneers and Giants play at nearby MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

"Right across the river. Interesting," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "[The Buccaneers] played so well last week [at home], [now] being on the road, [but Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano] being close to home. I'm sure Rutgers played there -- maybe at the Meadowlands."

Schiano coached Rutgers to a 23-20 victory in the first college football game between Football Bowl Subdivision members at the New Meadowlands Stadium back in 2010. The Scarlet Knights beat South Florida, 23-13, on Saturday afternoon in Tampa.

• The Rays have a handful of players who provide Maddon with defensive versatility -- Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez among them -- and Jeff Keppinger has become a valuable piece down the stretch, playing third, second and first base.

"He's done a nice job defensively," Maddon said of Keppinger. "With him, he's got great hands; he's got an accurate, strong arm. With him, it's about range a little bit. If he gets to the ball, you're out. And I feel comfortable with him out there."